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July 22, 2010 2:02:55 PM

Hello to everyone,

Can anyone tell me "HOW TO SHOW ALL HIDDEN FILES" in Windows Explorer ( running WINXP .. SP3 ) I have been using PREVX as my backup virus protection for a one month trial period which has now expired It is still able to scan and show the virus location , but the expired trial will not delete it.... SO ..I then need to delete the virus manually , whether its hidden or not.

PROBLEM THEREFORE IS THIS .....
I know the virus is hidden in the system32 folder , but using Tools\folder options\view\show hidden files .... does not reveal the virus .. BUT I KNOW IT IS THERE , it is just not revealed by this method.

HOW DO I GET IT TO SHOW ??????

PS .... AVG PRO v 9.0 will not delete it either since it can not find the deeply hidden virus .... Thats why I use PREVX as a backup.

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July 22, 2010 2:22:35 PM

Boot into safe mode with networking. Download, install, and update malwarebytes. Then do a full system scan. Or you can right click on that system folder, and scan just that file. Make sure you're in safe mode with networking. That's important.

You may be getting a false positive from PREVX. If you've got a virus, malwarebytes should detect it.
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July 22, 2010 2:32:31 PM

There is an option to show protected files and to show system folders you can check.
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July 22, 2010 3:06:42 PM

aford10 said:
Boot into safe mode with networking. Download, install, and update malwarebytes. Then do a full system scan. Or you can right click on that system folder, and scan just that file. Make sure you're in safe mode with networking. That's important.

You may be getting a false positive from PREVX. If you've got a virus, malwarebytes should detect it.


Thanks aford10 ,

Tried safe mode with and without networking .... Note .. the virus is apparently in Windows explorer ... not in Internet Explrer ... and scanned as advised after down loading Malwarebytes latest version .... still no hidden virus found . You may be correct with " the false positive idea" ..
But if it is not a false positive I could soon have BIG problems ...Watch this space for updates,
Was worth a try ... TA very much

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July 22, 2010 3:09:52 PM

Another good scanner, is spybot. You can download that, and scan for a virus. I think if AVG, malwarebytes, and spybot all come back clean, PREVX is wrong.
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July 22, 2010 3:09:56 PM

hang-the-9 said:
There is an option to show protected files and to show system folders you can check.



Kindly explain ... How do I access this option???
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July 22, 2010 3:14:14 PM

Tools-->folder options-->view tab-->uncheck the box for 'hide protected operating system files'

Though, it's generally not a good idea to delete items from system folders.
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July 22, 2010 3:22:53 PM

DRMIKBRAN said:
Kindly explain ... How do I access this option???


Same way you turned on view hidden files.

And aford10 is right, don't mess around with the files unless you know 100% it's a virus.
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July 22, 2010 4:08:48 PM

DRMIKBRAN said:
Hello to everyone,

Can anyone tell me "HOW TO SHOW ALL HIDDEN FILES" in Windows Explorer ( running WINXP .. SP3 ) I have been using PREVX as my backup virus protection for a one month trial period which has now expired It is still able to scan and show the virus location , but the expired trial will not delete it.... SO ..I then need to delete the virus manually , whether its hidden or not.



If you want to see everything, copy and paste the words in red below to Notepad.
"Save As" whatever filename you like and have the extension .reg, in notepad, use the "all files" as the filetype or it will save as a .txt file.
After it is saved, double-click it and answer yes to the question:
"are you sure you want to add the information in C׃\<path>\<your new file just saved.reg> to the registry?

My fair warning to anybody that does this: You will be able to see every file in your computer using this registry modification. This means many files and folders will be susceptible to deletion and /or modification by you because you will be able to see them now. Be careful of what you change or delete.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Hidden" = "2"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowSuperHidden" = "0"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun" = "145"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]
"CheckedValue" = "0"

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July 22, 2010 4:12:47 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Same way you turned on view hidden files.

And aford10 is right, don't mess around with the files unless you know 100% it's a virus.


Thanks hang- the-9 .. and aford10 , That particular box is already unchecked ... .

Also have downloaded and ran SPYBOT ... Thats not showing a virus either .....

Am wondering now if it is a Prevx False ++++ ????

I am also searching cyberspace for an answer ... before my HD is full of Anti Virus Software.
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July 22, 2010 5:09:01 PM

tigsounds said:
If you want to see everything, copy and paste the words in red below to Notepad.
"Save As" whatever filename you like and have the extension .reg, in notepad, use the "all files" as the filetype or it will save as a .txt file.
After it is saved, double-click it and answer yes to the question:
"are you sure you want to add the information in C׃\<path>\<your new file just saved.reg> to the registry?

My fair warning to anybody that does this: You will be able to see every file in your computer using this registry modification. This means many files and folders will be susceptible to deletion and /or modification by you because you will be able to see them now. Be careful of what you change or delete.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Hidden" = "2"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowSuperHidden" = "0"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun" = "145"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]
"CheckedValue" = "0"


WELL DONE TIGSOUNDS .... Absolutely great , your regedit solution worked very well indeed .

YES ..YES .YES The hidden virus that was revealed by Prevx showed itself , and was deleted manually and obviously was not a false postive
as suspected.

Thanks to all members who replied . especially tigsounds. Heres hoping that all members will take note of your invaluable reply.

THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED


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July 22, 2010 5:26:18 PM

Best answer selected by aford10.
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July 22, 2010 5:26:23 PM

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